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America Works Initiative

Helping your company and our country solve our workforce challenges.

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America is facing a worker shortage crisis: There are too many open jobs without people to fill them. The result: Too many businesses can’t grow, compete, and thrive. And too many workers can't realize their American dreams.

Through the America Works Initiative, we’re helping employers across the country develop and discover talent to fill open jobs and grow our economy. 

Understanding America's Labor Shortage

A national crisis by the numbers

A national crisis by the numbers

Understanding the problem

Discover the latest data on job openings, unemployment, labor force participation, quit rates, and more, for a quick understanding of the current state of the workforce—paired with in-depth analysis of the trends.

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Data Deep Dive: The Workforce Impact of Second Chance Hiring

Data Deep Dive: The Workforce Impact of Second Chance Hiring

Understanding the problem

Increasing employment of millions of formerly incarcerated individuals, or those with a criminal record, would help alleviate the worker shortage crisis and create opportunities for those who need a second chance.

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Data Deep Dive: A Decline of Women in the Workforce

Data Deep Dive: A Decline of Women in the Workforce

Understanding the problem

Data show that women who left the labor force during the pandemic, often to take on childcare duties, have not yet returned.

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Recent Research

Join the #AmericaWorks Conversation

Make your voice heard. Ask Congress to take action to close the skills gap, grow our country’s workforce, and keep America’s economy strong.

Resources and Guides

U.S. Chamber Foundation Programs to Help Your Company

Case Studies

America Works Policy Priorities

Policy Solutions to Address the Nation's Worker Shortage

Policy Position

We are calling on elected officials at the federal and state level to take immediate action to help address this national economic crisis.

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Tell Congress: Address America’s Workforce Crisis Now

Send an email to your elected representatives today saying that you are counting on them to help more American businesses find and hire the talent they need to succeed.

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The U.S. Chamber is here to help. Get in touch today to learn more about our workforce programs.

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